Sonicblue wires homes for music

Consumer electronics company Sonicblue has unveiled a high-end home-entertainment hub that can store an entire music collection.

At about US$1,500, Sonicblue's Rio Advanced Digital Audio Center is designed to become the centerpiece of a music enthusiast's wired home. It features a 40GB hard drive that can record up to 650 hours of music.

Through the system, available only via Sonicblue's Web site, music from a CD can be recorded to its hard drive, played back over receivers within the house, downloaded to an MP3 player, or reorganised and burned onto another CD.

Andy Wolfe, chief technical officer of Sonicblue, said the new model binds the company's audio strategy, which already includes portable digital-music devices such as its Rio line of CD and MP3 players.

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